Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill dubbed the “Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act” or “Stop BEZOS Act” in the Senate Wednesday.
The bill would make big companies that employ huge numbers of workers at low wages — like Amazon and Walmart — pay the government for the federal assistance their workers receive.
Sanders’ bill comes one day after Amazon became the second U.S. company, behind Apple, to reach a $1 trillion stock-market valuation.
- Sanders tweeted, “Amazon is worth $1 TRILLION … Thousands of Amazon workers have to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and public housing to survive. That is what a rigged economy looks like.”
Amazon disputed Sanders’ assertion that its warehouse employees don’t make a living wage and called his arguments “inaccurate and misleading” in a blog post.